Visiting Day by Jacqueline WoodsonVisiting Day by Jacqueline Woodson

Visiting Day

byJacqueline WoodsonIllustratorJames Ransome

Paperback | August 11, 2015

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Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

In this moving picture book from multi-award winning author Jacqueline Woodson, a young girl and her grandmother prepare for a very special day--the one day a month they get to visit the girl's father in prison. "Only on visiting day is there chicken frying in the kitchen at 6 a.m, and Grandma in her Sunday dress, humming soft and low." As the little girl and her grandmother get ready, her father, who adores her, is getting ready, too, and readers get to join the community of families who make the trip together, as well as the triumphant reunion between father and child, all told in Woodson's trademark lyrical style, and beautifully illusrtrated by James Ransome.
Jacqueline Woodson ( is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and she received the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir BROWN GIRL DREAMING, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott Kin...
Title:Visiting DayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 11 × 9.06 × 0.15 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0147516080

ISBN - 13:9780147516084


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story with Amazing Illustrations As I was reading this book, I was, this is really the harsh reality for many children and it was very eye opening. It was important to see this story from the view point of the little girl who couldn't wait to go and visit her dad and prison, as well as the traditions that accompanied this monthly event. The illustrations were amazing.
Date published: 2018-03-17

Read from the Book

Only on Visiting Dayis there chicken fryingin the kitchen at 6 a.m.and Grandmahumming soft and low,smiling her secretjust-for-Daddy-and-me smile,and me lying me bed,smiling my just-for-Grandma-and-Daddy smile.And maybe Daddy isalready up,brushing his teeth,combing his hair back, saying,"Yeah, that pretty little girl of mine is coming today,"with all the men around himlooking on jealous-like'cause they wish they hada little girl of their own coming.

Editorial Reviews

"This poignant picture book chronicles a joyfil girl narrator's hard-to-bear anticipation and special preparations for a journey with her grandmother to see her father.. . A shared feeling of hope and tenderness pervades each spread."--Publishers Weekly"Woodson stays firmly planted in the perspective of a sentient young child who is comforted by the familiarity of her world."--Children's Literature"The text is spare, gentle, and reassuring."--School Library Journal